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10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Paper Session #82
Topics in Philosophical, Conceptual, and Historical Issues
Monday, September 30, 2019
10:30 AM–11:20 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 2, C4
Area: PCH
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Alan D. Poling (Western Michigan University)
Motivating Operations Reconceptualized
Domain: Theory
ALAN D. POLING (Western Michigan University), Amin Duff Lotfizadeh (Easterseals Southern California), Timothy Edwards (University of Waikato)
Abstract: The motivating operations concept has generated substantial conceptual analysis and research interest. Following an analysis of how motivating operations affect behavior, one which emphasizes the interactive role of motivating operations and discriminative stimuli, the presenter will propose: a) redefining motivating operations as operations that modulate the reinforcing or punishing effectiveness of particular kinds of events and the control of behavior by discriminative stimuli historically relevant to those events, b) dropping the distinction between behavior-altering and function-altering effects of motivating operations, and c) reducing or eliminating emphasis on conditioned motivating operations. This reconceptualization of the motivating operations concept is intended to increase its value in predicting and gainfully changing behavior.

CANCELED: An Examination of the Caregivers and Parents of Special Needs Children

Domain: Basic Research
YENEIRI MIRO (New Day Therapy), Maryabel Morales (New Day Therapy), J. DeGaglia (New Day Therapy)

The literature is in need and continues to grow in terms of the needs of special needs children. However, there is a complete absence of any reference to the caregivers and parents of special needs children. This investigation examined the anxiety (with the use of the Generalized Anxiety Disorder – 7 Scale), depression (with the use of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9), and social interaction (Social Interaction Anxiety Scale) of caregivers and parents in a culturally diverse South Florida. Instrumentation was provided in both English and Spanish to account for differences amongst participants. Data collection will be ongoing until presentation.




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